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Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Lecturer in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering. After being awarded a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Distinction at Strathclyde, Charles then went on to undertake a PhD in Automated Non–Destructive Evaluation.

While undertaking his PhD Charles, was seconded to Spirit AeroSystems, in Prestwick to undertake Knowledge Exchange activities built on fundamental EPSRC funded research. 

Charles was awarded the prestigious University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize for 2014, for his work investigating automated non-contact ultrasound. This work which is currently on-going has great potential in terms of scanning rates and throughput, therefore offering large reduction in overall production cycle time.

Charles has vast experience in electrical and mechanical engineering areas such as robotics, sensors, electronics, mechanical jigs and software.

His research interests include:

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual




Low noise electronics.


Charles has delivered impact in the form of dissemination, new revenue, commercialisation and product hardware through a number of high profile KE projects. 

Teaching Activities.

EE312 Instrumentation and Microcontrollers Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials.


Enhancing the sound absorption of small-scale 3D printed acoustic metamaterials based on Helmholtz resonators
Casarini Cecilia, Tiller Ben, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles N., Windmill James F. C., Jackson Joseph C.
IEEE Sensors Journal, (2018)
Off-line scan path planning for robotic NDT
Morozov M., Pierce S.G., MacLeod C.N., Mineo C., Summan R.
Measurement Vol 122, pp. 284-290, (2018)
Index based triangulation method for efficient generation of large three-dimensional ultrasonic C-scans
Mineo Carmelo, Riise Jonathan, Summan Rahul, MacLeod Charles N., Pierce S. Gareth
Insight - Non-Destructive Testing & Condition Monitoring, (2018)
Bipartite guidance, navigation and control architecture for autonomous aerial inspections under safety constraints
Punzo Giuliano, MacLeod Charles, Baumanis Kristaps, Summan Rahul, Dobie Gordon, Pierce Stephen, Macdonald Malcolm
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, (2018)
Machining-based coverage path planning for automated structural inspection
MacLeod Charles Norman, Dobie Gordon, Pierce Stephen Gareth, Summan Rahul, Morozov Maxim
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Vol 15, pp. 202-213, (2018)
Low cost three-dimensional virtual model construction for remanufacturing industry
Siddiqi Muftooh UR, Ijomah Winifred L., Dobie Gordon I., Hafeez Muthair, Pierce S. Gareth, Ion William, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles N.
International Conference on Remanufacturing, (2017)

more publications

Professional activities

WAAMat Research Day - Automated NDE Keynote
Keynote Talk - Impact In Manufacturing Inspection
Imperial College PGR EngD Viva Examination - External Examiner
Invited Speaker at National Nuclear Laboratory Signature Research Day
Invited speaker
AFRC CUE/Views Overview
NNL Signature R&D Seminar on Legacy Waste, Decommissioning & Disposal

more professional activities


Automated delivery of non-contact NDE sensors
Dobie, Gordon (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2018 - 31-Mar-2020
Acoustic Based Characterisation of arc fusion process control parameters
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Stratoudaki, Theodosia (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Co-investigator)
Period 02-Apr-2018 - 30-Mar-2020
ANRC 012-01_Ultrasonic Inspection and Monitoring for Challenging Industrial Welding Applications_CORE
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-May-2018 - 30-Apr-2021
ANRC 015 Small-Bore pipe Ultrasonic Inspection Technology and Examination (SUITE) - GATED 18 months
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 31-Jul-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Vasilev, Momchil
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Vasilev, Momchil (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2017 | Watson, Robert James
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Watson, Robert James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Oct-2021

more projects


Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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